What is Craniosacral Massage Therapy?
Craniosacral massage is a very gentle, hands-on technique that is best known for its success in assisting in the relief of a variety of symptoms, such as headaches, neck pain, and even the side effects of cancer treatments. The focus of a session is to help unwind particularly stuck connective tissues throughout the body, while maintaining specific attention to how the fluids are moving throughout the nervous system and helping them attain better flow. The body is connected at all levels, and attending to the connective tissue that envelops and flows through every organ, muscle, and bone can help the body to function more optimally while providing relief at the same time.
In Dustin's words: "Craniosacral is to massage what meditation is to yoga". The goal of craniosacral is to help center and ground a client. This centering and grounding alone have profound healing implications. A practitioner will begin by creating a calming atmosphere that allows for those that seek a supported space to heal. This atmosphere is important because entering a parasympathetic state (the rest, digest and repair state) can be elusive in this fast-paced world, and the only way to do that is to stop and take time for us. The sensation of being grounded and being guided through the body with a craniosacral touch has been compared to a light in a dark cave, or a stable presence. A skilled craniosacral practitioner will be a calm and compassionate presence with soft touch and an open heart.
The goal is to center, and to center can mean being honest with yourself in a way that may make you feel deeply uncomfortable. This discomfort that is brought to the surface by gentle awareness can feel overwhelming, but emotions will swell and subside as you let them flow, called an emotional release. Attempting to stop emotional release is possible with simple intention-setting, as craniosacral will only go as deep as you allow. Everyone experiences craniosacral releases differently. An alternative experience may be going into a meditative state where you are not asleep, not aware of time, but aware of your body... strange things may happen here, like feeling energy movement, structural shifts, electric and other sensations. Becoming agitated is a form of emotional release but it should be mentioned that you may feel aggression which generally processes quickly with a few deep breaths. Some people just fall asleep, those are usually the sleep deprived and they really get a lot of great unwinding there.
A session of craniosacral massage is very gentle, done fully clothed, and is without a doubt one of the most relaxing ways to soothe a nervous system.
Conditions which may be helped by a craniosacral session:
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
30 minute add-on session
(must be added to Thai massage session)